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2021 LEWISTON NY EVENT CALENDAR
Organizers are planning all events but may be limited in scope due to pandemic restrictions. Be sure to check with organizers before you make plans.
- Aug. 14-15 Art Festival, 716-754-0166
- Aug. 27-28 Jazz Festival, 716-754-9500
- Sept. 9-12 Peach Festival, 716-462-7597
- Sept. 25-26 Harvest & Hops Festival, 716-754-9500
- Oct. 11 Indigenous Peoples’ Day, 716-754-4214
- Dec. 4-5 Christmas Walk, 716-754-9500
- Dec. 19 Tuscarora Heroes Remembrance
- Marble Orchard Ghost Walk, Saturdays, Sept 19-Oct.31
- Chamber events calendar
- Artpark schedule
- Art Council schedule
- Wine Trail schedule
- NACC event calendar
- Lew-Port School calendar
LEWISTON COVID UPDATES
LIST OF RESTAURANTS THAT ARE OPEN
Click this link for the Lewiston area restaurants that are open for take
out, delivery or curbside pick-up:
LIST OF BUSINESSES THAT ARE OPEN
Click this link for the Lewiston businesses that are open either online,
phone, email or in-person or by appointment:
BUSINESS AND EVENT CANCELLATION LIST
Here are the current Lewiston area closings and cancellations of
businesses, organizations, and events:
NIAGARA COUNTY VIRUS CASE MAP BY TOWN AND CITY
Click here: https://bit.ly/VirusCaseMap
NIAGARA COUNTY INFO PAGE
Lewiston legislator, Becky Wydysh, Chairwoman of the Niagara
County Legislature, reminds everyone they can get the latest
virus information and updates here:
TOPS HOME DELIVERY SERVICE
Groceries delivered right to your door
Settlers grabbed silver utensils as they ran for their lives
In 1954, Lewiston historian Helen Kimball wrote a small booklet called, A
Homely Approach to Lewiston, NY. In discussing the British attack on
Lewiston during the War of 1812, she mentions, “Dr. Alvord, one of the
village physicians was killed but Dr. Willard Smith escaped down the Ridge
and aided the Cookes to escape. The Spaulding family had the table all set
for a meal, they gathered everything up in a tablecloth and ran. One of the
silver spoons included in the contents of the cloth is now in the
possession of Ralph Hotchkiss, one of the descendants.” Lewiston resident
Bob Welch is the grandson of Ralph Hotchkiss. Did Bob have possession of
the famous spoon? YES! Better yet, Bob has allowed us to photograph it. To
our knowledge, it is the only relic in existence from that horrific attack.
The Tuscaroras recused dozens of local residents from a terrible fate that
day. You can see a photo of the spoon here:
You’ll notice it is engraved with Rufus Spaulding’s initials. A big thank
you to Bob and Anne Welch for sharing this important artifact from
Lewiston’s most important day in history.
*** AWESOME VIDEO ***
See Niagara Falls like you’ve never seen it before — from a
small drone helicopter. This was posted in July and has been viewed
more than 1.2 million times! Click here:
NO HURRICANES, FOREST FIRES OR MUD SLIDES HERE
Yes, we have our share of snow, but for the most part, Western New
York is immune from the kinds of natural disasters that wreak havoc with
other sections of the country.
In fact, we live in one of the safest regions — the 4th safest in
the U.S. You might interested in learning about the Top 10 Safest
Check out this new video trailer for the Historical Association,
produced by volunteer board member, Claudia Carnes. Great job,
If you aren’t a member yet, maybe this will convince you!
Do you remember Lewiston’s slogan from the 1960s?
“Progressively proud. Historically endowed.”
Charles Foss (Jackie Sutherland’s dad) won the slogan contest!
NEW TUSCARORA HEROES EDITION RELEASED
The newly revised sixth edition of the Tuscarora Heroes book has
been published by the Historical Association of Lewiston and is now
available at the Lewiston Museum, DiCamillos Bakery in Lewiston, the
Orange Cat Coffee Co., the Book Corner in Niagara Falls, and the Lewiston Town and Village halls.
The book, first published in 2010, includes several changes
including a new cover photo of the monument by photographer Bill
Carpenter and additional information about the British attack on
Lewiston in December 1813. Updated information about the identity of
the “Western Indian” attackers is also provided.
“We sold out of our supply the night the Tuscarora Heroes Monument
was unveiled on December 19,” said Lewiston Museum director Pam Hauth. Lee Simonson wrote the book as a volunteer and all proceeds go the Lewiston Museum. Groups or organizations interested in having him speak on the topic are welcomed to contact the Lewiston Museum at 716-754-4214 for arrangements.
The Tuscarora Heroes was the largest War of 1812 Bicentennial
monument project in the United States.
BATTLE OF QUEENSTON HEIGHTS PHOTOS AND VIDEOS
Lewiston sets new standard for hospitality within reenactor community Spectacular cannon/fireworks demonstration highlighted weekend
Rave reviews have been received from across America praising Lewiston and its volunteers for hosting what some reenactors are calling “the best event ever!” Virtually each of the 200 reenactors who visited the event said that they have never received the hospitality and accommodations that Lewiston offered — the most friendly and gracious town they’ve experienced!
The commemoration of the 200 Anniversary of the first major battle of
the War of 1812 took place on October 12-14, with venues in both Lewiston and Queenston.
Here is a compilation of some of the photos and videos you can find
online that have captured the event.
Bill Carpenter’s Photographs (more being posted)
Cannon Bombardment Video
Friday Education Day with Student Field Trippers
Cannon Fire Over the Gorge
A Flash in the Pan
Sun on the Canvas and Cakes in the Pan
Barton Hill Gala and Cannon Set Up
Battle Reenactment on the Canadian Side
Battle Reenactment on Canadian Side (near end of battle)
More Canadian Action and Speeches (in High Def)
U.S. Air Force Flyover of Lewiston (just before bombardment)
SPECTACULAR FLAMES EVENT CAPTURED IN PHOTOS
Thank you to all the reenactors, from both sides of the border,
and Wendt’s Propane for putting on a tremendous show.
Thousands turned out to this year’s Flames Through Lewiston event
to enjoy seeing all the action — British redcoats, American soldiers,
natives, and of course the music, the muskets, and the fires from
Wendt’s Propane! The weather cooperated and it was a great night
commemorating Lewiston’s history. This was a 100% volunteer effort
and we want to thank all the volunteer reenactors and organizers for a
tremendous and spectacular evening.
Here are the links to the videos and photographs that were taken that
night. We thank local professional photographer Bill Carpenter, and his crew, for the great shots. We also thank the video photographers and the press for the great coverage.
Professional pictures by DeCarr Photography:
Buffalo News article with picture:
Gazette front page article with photos:
Chris Budde Video
Lewiston Lions Club Video
Still Pictures from Sentinel (click on Flames Through Lewiston)
Sentinel Videos on YouTube
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New Lifetime Member Option – Easy Sign Up on PayPal
Yes, it’s Historical Association membership time — a wonderful
opportunity to become a part of Lewiston’s emergence as Western New
York’s cultural centerpiece.
Individual membership: $25
Family membership: $40
Patron membership: $50 same as Family membership
Business membership: $100
Lifetime Member, $150 ($250 for family)
HOW TO RENEW OR BECOME A MEMBER: The easiest way to join is to
use PayPal online here.
Otherwise just send a check payable to: Historical Association
of Lewiston, PO Box 43, Lewiston, New York 14092
Be sure to include your name, mailing address, email address,
and phone number. You can also call up 716-754-4214 and charge your
membership over the phone.
Either way, you’ll know you’re doing your part in preserving and
promoting Lewiston’s rich heritage. Thank you!
Stay tuned for the latest programs and events sponsored
by the Historical Association of Lewiston, New York